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Agricultural subsidies (Lekaj and others)

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Introduction

On 10 July 2018, the Special Prosecution Office of Kosovo charged Pal Lekaj, former mayor of Gjakova, and other municipal officials with abuse of their official position or authority in the distribution of subsidies to farmers in Gjakova. Estimated subsidies of €631,671.82 were earmarked for distribution to roughly 3,000 farmers through the company Union-VL. Union-VL was not chosen through an open call but in an “arbitrary” way, and approximately 40 per cent of the farmers are suspected not to have received their entitled subsidies.

Country
Kosovo
Sector
Agriculture
Offence
Abuse of official position or authority
Phase
1st instance procedure

Case Overview

On 10 July 2018, the Special Prosecution Office of Kosovo charged Pal Lekaj, former mayor of Gjakova, and other municipal officials with abuse of their official position or authority in the distribution of subsidies to farmers in Gjakova. Estimated subsidies of €631,671.82 were earmarked for distribution to roughly 3,000 farmers through the company Union-VL. Union-VL was not chosen through an open call but in an “arbitrary” way, and approximately 40 per cent of the farmers are suspected not to have received their entitled subsidies.